April 20, 2018

#BookReview: All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother by Danielle Teller

About the Book:

In the vein of WickedThe Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous reimagining of a classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella’s “evil” stepmother.

We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?

As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. . . .

A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice when she is only ten years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenaged Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child. Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone’s unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises.

Lyrically told, emotionally evocative, and brilliantly perceptive, All the Ever Afters explores the hidden complexities that lie beneath classic tales of good and evil, all the while showing us that how we confront adversity reveals a more profound, and ultimately more important, truth than the ideal of “happily ever after.”
 



This title will be released on May 22, 2018.



Publisher: William Marrow 
Recommended Age: Adult 
Genre: Fairy Tales, Retelling 
How I Acquired this book: Edelweiss 
Overall rating: 
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About the Author:
Danielle Teller received her medical training at McGill University, Brown University, and Yale University. She has held faculty positions at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard University. In 2013, Danielle pursued her childhood dream of being a writer. She is the author of one book of nonfiction, Sacred Cows: The Truth About Divorce and Marriage, and has written numerous columns for Quartz. She lives with her husband, Astro Teller, and their four children in Palo Alto, California. All the Ever Afters is her first novel.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: SO not for me

Check out author's other books? Nope
Recommend this book? Yes

Notes and Opinions:  I know that I said that this book was not for me and I ended up DNFing it at around 15% I do think that it could be for others.  If you love formal language and plots galore then check this one out becuase you will love it! I am so sure of this.  For me this book just well it wasnt for me. I didn't like the style it was written in.  But if you like that kind of thing you should totally check this one out! 

Go Into This One Knowing: Formal Language, Court Politics, Plots 
 









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